On Thursday, May 10, Colin Capenito '19 won the Shen Public Speaking Prize competition, for his speech about the Federal Reserve Act of 1913.
Three students—Capenito, Matthew Gates, and Rosanna Zhao—competed for this year's Shen Prize, delivering their speeches in the Center Presentation Room before a large crowd of interested students, faculty, and staff. This year's theme was the expansion and/or contraction of democracy. Gates, a V Former from Natick, MA, spoke about the Electoral College. Zhao, a V Former from Shanghai, China, chose as her topic the American response to the Holocaust. Capenito, a V Former from Worcester, MA, addressed the expanding influence of the Federal Reserve System since its creation in 1913 and its impingement on the authority of a democratically elected Congress.
Head of School John C. Warren '74 congratulated Capenito upon his successful presentation.